Tag Archives: Grape & Grain

Behind the Stick Cocktail Competiton, EU Jacksonville, Marlin & Barrel, The Parlour at Grape & Grain Exchange, Photo by Cristina Danielle O'Connor

Behind the Stick: Cocktail Competition

Over the last year, through my Behind the Stick column, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with bartenders all over Jacksonville (and St. Augustine) and discovering what ingredients they’re working with on any given day. On Monday, August 7th, we held a competition in the to see how some of those bartenders utilized either the grapefruit cello or orange cello produced by . Of seven cocktails, the Valyrian Sling by Meaghan Leonard came out on top. She used the orangecello, the 2nd street gin (also from local distillery, Marlin and Barrel), and several syrups that she made herself. The resulting …

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Jazz Fest After Dark: The Urban Core Comes Alive at Sundown

The downtown scene comes alive in the late night, long after the acts of the have finished their sets. This year, for the third year in a row, returns during May 22-24, 2015, for free, late night fun and music in nine different venues, featuring over 60 different musical artists. Jazz Fest After Dark organizers aim to give Jazz Fest attendees a reason to stay and explore the Jacksonville nightlife with a wide range of different artists and venues, all for free. After years of having thousands of people and patrons flock Downtown for the Jazz Fest, Jazz Fest After …

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Shaken or Stirred? – cocktails of the first coast

In the 1920s, the Volstead Act outlawed alcohol and Prohibition began. It speaks to our desire of the forbidden that this period is when the cocktail came into its own. Downtown, a swank little joint has opened up to celebrate the ethos of that time, with a modern twist. For a bit of theatre with your mixed drink, order the Baked Apple. Fire is involved, and it tastes like a grown-up cider with a bite. Fans of the bubbly will want to quaff the easy-drinkin’ French 76. Be careful; the champagne, orange liqueur and lemon juice combo is dangerous. 115 …

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